The year is winding down already, and it’s a season when everyone reflects on their wins, losses, opportunities, and threats. Even businesses are not left out; it’s a season when crucial past and present events over the calendar year are discussed and positive projections are decided on.
Just during the third quarter of 2022 alone, approximately 15 million data records were exposed worldwide through data breaches, which spells out that one of the biggest themes at any end-of-the-year standup meetings is how to better secure data in 2023 and not lose crucial assets to internet scavengers.
Data breaches happen whenever any unauthorized figure or personnel steals their way into a database for criminal reasons. While many organizations are still in the dark about how data breaches happen, they tend to dedicate their time and resources to patching “big holes” they can see and leaving out tiny cracks.
In a more relatable sense, a big hole may be an organization’s reluctance to upgrade to advanced generation firewalls that can read behaviours of system attacks, while a tiny crack could be just an employee clicking on a malicious link because they couldn’t recognise one.
Peradventure, your organization may be looking to make bigger security moves that may take a while before their executions start bringing the desired results, this article sheds more light on some basic technical practices you can employ to ensure your organization’s data is protected from tiny ways of giving critical information out unconsciously.
One way you can lose your data as an organization is when cyber criminals embed viruses or other malicious links into free-to-use software and you install them on your work devices without enough scrutiny. Getting a functional antivirus that can prompt you as soon as an unrecognized file tries to run in the background may be all you need to stop the data breach and save your system from being corrupted.
Apart from phishing (a cybercrime carried out through email), or smishing (one carried out through messaging), criminals also try to steal critical information by calling their targets, hoping the medium would be more trusted since there’s an actual interaction. In the process, your employees may get too carried away with their works that they don’t pay attention to the identities of callers. To avoid this, investing in proven caller ID detection software could notify you when a number has been flagged multiple times for spamming; hence, you can steer clear of giving access to a conversation.
It is easy to oversee how cautious your employees are with the work devices they use when you are close by, but it may be a different case scenario when you are walls apart. A mobile device management (MDM) system connects multiple mobile devices to a central one that can manage the activities of the other connected devices. With such a system in place, you can play a big part in ensuring that every member of your staff adheres to internet security measures by limiting their access to unsafe websites and installing unprotected applications.
2023 is set to be a year of big data, and the more technology is used to innovate solutions that require data to function, the more cybercriminals are looking to breach and steal these assets. Be on the front foot and take proactive measures today.